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LLOYD APPREHENSIVE AHEAD OF POSSIBLE GIRO START
Daniel Lloyd (Cervélo) was short-listed for the Swiss team?s Giro d?Italia squad last week.
?I?m nervous,? Lloyd told cyclingweekly.co.uk. ?At the moment I?m trying to recover from this virus that I?ve got, today [Wednesday] is the first day that I?ve felt anything resembling normal, [so] I?m hoping to get out for an hour tomorrow.
?The Giro, as with a lot of races (if I do it), will be a learning experience for me.
?I will be there to help Carlos Sastre when I can, but I haven?t had any official stuff send out by the team as yet.
?First they need to confirm if I?m actually doing it or not?.
If Lloyd does ride the event, he?ll have plenty of British company with Chris Froome, Steve Cummings, Geraint Thomas (all Barloworld) and Garmin?s David Millar all set to ride.
LEDA COX ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL
Above: Leda Cox in action at Saturday?s kermesse race in Flanders
British elite rider, Leda Cox, is on the comeback trail after a suspected serious heart condition.
Cox returned to action at the weekend in Belgium after being suspended by the French federation in January on the basis of the suspected condition.
?Since then, she has been cleared by three different doctors as having nothing wrong with her and after three months the Federation has agreed and signed her licence,? explained her coach, Jez Cox.
?In the meantime she missed three rounds of the French Cup, which she won last year, and the Tour of Flanders. So as you can imagine she’s colied like a spring and ready to make up for lost time.
?Her next races include the Elsy Jacobs Memorial in Luxembourg and the Trophée des Grimpeurs in France, before building up to three weeks in Canada where she will compete in the Montreal World Cup, the Tour of Monteal and the Tour de PEI, in which she was fifth last year?.
Leda Cox rode two elite kermesse races at the weekend in Belgium and finished seventh and 13th. Jess Allen and Jo Rowsell were also riding in the kermesse on Sunday, finishing eighth and ninth respectively.
ROYAL RECOGNITION FOR SUSTRANS
Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The Award, which was officially announced on Tuesday comes from the Queen, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister and an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce and the trade unions.
The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development is the highest honour that can be given to a UK company. It recognises businesses and organisations which have made commendable advances in sustainable development.
Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans CEO said: “We are delighted to be recognised by this award. But it does not belong solely to us. From the early days of the National Cycle Network through to our £50 million lottery win we could not have achieved any of this without the support of the many hundreds of partners we work with every day.
?From central and local governments through to the private sector and individuals including our 2,500 volunteers we are grateful for their commitment and share this award with them.”
MILKSHAKE PARTNERSHIP FOR TOUR OF BRITAIN
Riders, staff and volunteers at this year?s Tour of Britain will have access to Britain?s number one ready-to-drink sports recovery drink, For Goodness Shakes!
?Here at For Goodness Shakes! we are passionate about cycling. You just need to take a look at all the bikes lined up at our offices every morning,? said Ross Lovell, brand events manager
?But we don?t just ride to work. Our experience having ridden countless sportives and races means we?ve got lots of training and nutrition advice to share with riders on the mass participation events.
?We are delighted to be the Official Recovery Partner for the Tour and our team of sports scientists and nutritionists will be on-hand to answer questions and make sure everyone is as prepared as they can be to enjoy the rides and recover properly afterwards too?.
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